Rain Shortened

Last Sunday’s birding walk was cut very short due to rain (contrary to what the weather service I use had stated). Before the rains drove me away (for the sake of my rather pricey camera and lens) I managed a couple of images.

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Canada Goose

Waiting at the edge of the swamp for some ducks to travel past I noticed this Canada Goose nesting atop a beaver lodge.

Viewing the scene above a song bird could be heard close behind me. It turned out to be the first warbler sighting of the year, a Myrtle Warbler.

Myrtle Warbler

The rains arrived shortly after this photo was taken forcing me out of the trails prematurely. However I left optimistic for what this Myrtle Warbler represents to me; the start of spring/summer birding season.

Lastly here is a different version of a photo from the last post, because I rather like it.

European Starling

 

2 a.m.

The Allman Brothers Play through headphones as I edit bird photos at 2 a.m.. I am anticipating good fortune for todays photo shoot as they call for morning sun [fingers crossed]. Until then I will drink hot coffee and post a few shots taken within the east side trail system of the GSC this spring.

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Canada Goose
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Eastern Bluebird
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Ring-necked Duck
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Northern Flicker
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European Starling

Thats about it for this post. Soon I will be off attempting to capture more usable images. Chances should be very good  as spring migration is in full swing. More and more birds will be arriving in the coming days and weeks filling the trails with song, color and activity.

On the way out I have something to add:

These boys reside across the street from where I often park. Not early risers, for you will only hear them bleating around dawn. Later on however they will be in the field checking me out as I break down my tripod and put gear away.

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Three Goats

 

I look forward to seeing them later today, with a camera full of images. Keeping my fingers crossed.

 

A Saturday In Mid October

Saturday was a beautiful sunny fall day. This Rusty Blackbird was photographed in full fall plumage. Breeding adult males are black in color females gray. I rather prefer this out of breeding season look.

Rusty Blackbird (click on photos to enlarge)

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Another bird with fall plumage I prefer over It’s breeding look is the European Starling. Not a popular bird for sure and many consider it drab, however in the fall it does look quite different.

Great Blue Heron
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Passing the beaver damn I flushed out a Great Blue Heron. Fortunately it flew to a nearby spot even better suited for my photography needs.

I want to thank those whose blogs I follow, you have helped me become a better photographer. Not that I am in your league, some of you are amazing!

To those who follow me thank you, I am humbled. Just trying to improve my photography and share what I love about nature and The Great Swamp Conservancy.